Employment tribunal fees from 29 July 2013

On Monday 29 July 2013, fees were introduced in the employment tribunals and Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT). All claimants in employment tribunal claims brought on or after 29 July 2013 (and appeals to the EAT) must now pay a fee to issue a claim and to proceed to hearing.

In this article, we explain the changes and we report on the judicial review challenges to the changes that have been lodged by UNISON in England and Fox & Partners in Scotland.

The introduction of fees in the employment tribunals has been highly controversial, given that the principle of free access to justice for aggrieved employees and workers has not been changed since the introduction of the employment tribunal system in 1960…

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